CAN YOU SEE ME? - Ismahan (age 13)
Ismahan, holding her sleeping 3-year-old sister, studies arithmetic at a school for displaced children, in Mogadishu, Somalia. She looks after her younger sibling while her parents work. The Government has recentlylaunched a Go-To-School Initiative to get 1 million children and youths into the classroom. School enrolment rates in Somalia are among the lowest in the world, and girls are the least likely to obtain an education.

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Ramadan Around The World

1. A Pakistani boy distributes plates of food donated to worshipers to break their fast, on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP)

2. An Indonesian family break their fast with meals and drink provided free of charge by a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP)

3. Mosque workers prepare food for distribution to the poor and Muslims who come to break their fast at Noor Mosque in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

4. Muslims attend an evening communal prayer session called “Tarawih” to mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Bajrakli mosque in Belgrade, Serbia, on July 9, 2013. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

5. Volunteers set up tables before breaking fast at a charity food distribution centre by humanitarian association Ihcene on the outskirts of Algiers, ALgeria. (Reuters)

6. A man shops for traditional sweets for Iftar, or breaking of fast, during the Muslim month of Ramadan in Paris, France. (Reuters)

7. A boy touched the head of a Muslim man praying on the last Friday of Ramadan in Lleida, Spain. (Manu Fernandez/Associated Press)

8. Shoppers have flocked to Mogadishu markets to buy Ramadan supplies. Above, a customer buys dates at Hamar Weyne Market, Somalia. (Adnan Hussein/Sabahi)

9. Saudi men and Muslim foreign workers prepare to break their fast at a mosque on the first day of Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan in the port city fo Jeddah on August 11, 2010. (AFP/ Getty Images / Amer Hilabi)

10. An elderly husband and wife read from the Quran together near Orlando, Florida on September 5th, 2010. Along with prayers, reading from the Quran is especially emphasized during the last ten days of Ramadan. (© Sammy Abusrur) 

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Children attend a hygiene education class that is part of a UNICEF-supported WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programme, in a primary school in Naros Village, near the town of Lodwar, capital of Turkana District, in Rift Valley Province. In this predominantly pastoralist region, many families are selling their livestock to buy increasingly expensive food.

Kenya, July 2011: © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1118/Kate Holt

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In mid-July 2011, the crisis in the Horn of Africa – affecting Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda – continues, with a worsening drought, rising food prices and the persistent conflict in Somalia. More than 10 million people are threatened by the worst drought in the region in 60 years. Somalia faces one of the world’s most severe food security crises as it continues to endure an extended humanitarian emergency, with tens of thousands fleeing into Kenya and Ethiopia. More than 10,000 Somalis a week are now arriving in the Dadaab camps in eastern Kenya, where aid partners are struggling to meet the needs of some 360,000 people in facilities meant for 90,000. In drought-affected areas of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, up to 500,000 severely malnourished children are at risk of dying, while a further 1.6 million moderately malnourished children and the wider-affected population are at high risk of disease. In northern Kenya, more than 25 per cent of children suffer from global acute malnutrition – in Turkana District the rate is at 37.4 per cent, its highest ever. UNICEF, together with government, UN, NGO and community partners, is supporting a range of interventions and essential services, especially for the displaced and for refugees, including feeding programmes, immunization campaigns, health outreach, and increased access to safe water and improvements to sanitation. UNICEF is seeking US $31.8 million for the next three months to provide humanitarian assistance for children and women in the four most affected countries.

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